Brotherhood of the Wolf Reviews

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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
May 20, 2008
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 30, 2002
A wonder of magpie postmodernism, a samurai adventure with Hong Kong action and a wry touch of American Western, all sewn into a free interpretation of Gallic history that also has its finger on the pulse of current social trends.
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March 22, 2002
Instead of fluid acrobatics, we get hyperbolic montages of kicking feet, somersaulting torsos, and fists connecting with faces.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
Fun movie, animatronic beast and all.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 8, 2002
Exhilirating viewing, at least while the feet are flying and the fangs are baring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 8, 2002
Utterly preposterous but so full of enthusiasm and flashy style that it's entertaining anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 1, 2002
An extraordinary film, although not necessarily a good one.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 24, 2002
A tediously complicated, half-mad narrative that involves, among other things, a secret society, a house of prostitution, a beautiful noblewoman, the king of France and a one-armed man who isn't what he seems.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
Pop-fantasy action films don't have to be this unendingly horrid.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 22, 2002
This new take on horror is more of the bloody same.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 18, 2002
This is a film to savor, not only for the intelligent currents it establishes between past and present but also for the bravura it brings to pure spectacle.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 18, 2002
Ridiculously entertaining, like a 2-hour visit to some weird foreign county fair where you visit an educational exhibit, knock down some stuffed targets, catch the freak show, visit the house of horrors and then get lucky on the Ferris wheel.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 17, 2002
Feels artificial, a concoction designed to be outrageous and cool, instead of earning coolness on its own merits.
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
January 17, 2002
This is one of those follies that go beyond pesky, bourgeois notions of 'good' and 'bad.'
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 15, 2002
It's easily the most disarming and inventive movie made for genre geeks in years.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 15, 2002
Daring in its approach and successful in its result -- assuming the result is to provide pure entertainment to the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 12, 2002
Check your brains at the popcorn stand, ignore most of the florid, subtitled dialogue -- and sit back and enjoy this genre-bending wild ride.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 11, 2002
A mad agglomeration of styles and traditions that ultimately results in nothing so much as a mad agglomeration of styles and traditions.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 11, 2002
Gans appears to have no threshold of pain when it comes to his eardrums.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 11, 2002
With this grisly popcorn movie, we're reminded of the heavy-handed contributions that some U.S. blockbusters are making to global culture.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
January 11, 2002
A tremendously fun, epic, kitchen-sink of genres that just avoids getting too silly or predictable.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 11, 2002
Gans splices genres without shame and makes a grand effort at proving that the French can make big, boneheaded, mass-market action flicks, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 11, 2002
The effects and fight scenes are first-rate.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 11, 2002
[Gans'] reckless creation makes no sense.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 11, 2002
I would be lying if I did not admit that this is all, in its absurd and overheated way, entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 11, 2002
Frequently gripping and visually striking.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 11, 2002
A cross-cultural hoot that no one should take too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 10, 2002
The perfect film for anyone who likes their headbutting and kickboxing dressed up in gold brocade, frilly collars, and tri-cornered caps.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 10, 2002
The picture has a daring attention-span deficit and an epic silliness that can be awesomely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 10, 2002
If you see one French costume drama martial arts werewolf secret society romance this year, make sure this is it.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 10, 2002
So long, expensive and spectacularly staged that you can't dismiss it as a sordid trifle.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 10, 2002
A deliriously entertaining film -- part myth, part monster, part The Matrix.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 9, 2002
A French bouillabaisse of frenetic head-bangers that defies interpretation or analysis but keeps your eyes popping and your adrenaline flowing.